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Contact: Rev. Kip Banks (3010-520-6223)
Memphis, TN August, 9 2012 – Today, delegates to the 51st Annual Convention of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) adopted several policy resolutions calling on its members to an agenda of social justice and advocating on behalf of the least members of our society.
Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr., President of the convention said, “we are the convention of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. and it is our goal to keep his prophetic legacy of service to the least, the lost and the left behind alive.”
A highlight of the convention was a march to the Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum, the site at which Dr. King was martyred as he was engaged in an effort to aid Memphis sanitation workers. The convention adopted a resolutions honoring the role of the sanitation workers in the civil right movement and calling upon state legislatures to protect union collective bargaining rights. “Today we are struggling with many of the same issues, that Dr. King struggled more than 40 years ago,” said Dr. Ralph Canty the convention’s Interim General Secretary.
Canty also said, “It is our goal to take public policy from the pulpit to the pews, from the pews to the people and from the people to the polls this November.” Indeed the convention adopted a number of action oriented resolutions including resolutions calling for an end to voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, the need to stop discrimination against Muslim and Muslim looking Americans and to ban assault weapons. A copy of the resolutions follows.
For more information about the resolutions and or the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. please contact Rev. Kip Banks at 301-520-6223.
The Progressive National Baptist Convention Incorporated is a vital Baptist denomination of more than 2,000 churches with a total membership of 2.5 million.